Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement

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Welcome to the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE)!

DPIE is the result of an initiative to streamline county government operations in the areas of permitting, business licensing, inspections and property code enforcement.​​

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DPIE Notice for Residents and Business Community

As we all endeavor to abide by the national social distancing directive established to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), DPIE has modified its delivery of services. Although DPIE’s offices are closed to the public, the agency continues to assist our customers through increased online services. Phones are staffed during business hours in every division and staff members are responding to emails. Every effort is being made to be as responsive as possible to the community and business neighbors who require our services.

Read more here. . .

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Aviso de DPIE a residentes y empresas

A medida que todos nos esforzamos por cumplir con la directiva nacional de distanciamiento social establecida para frenar la propagación del coronavirus (COVID-19), DPIE ha modificado su prestación de servicios. Aunque las oficinas de DPIE están cerradas al público, la agencia continúa ayudando a nuestros clientes a través de mayores servicios en línea. Los teléfonos tienen personal durante el horario comercial en cada división y los miembros del personal responden a los correos electrónicos. Se está haciendo todo lo posible para ser lo más receptivo posible a la comunidad y los vecinos comerciales que requieren nuestros servicios.

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NOTICE
Licenses and Permits Expiration Dates Extended

In accordance with the March 12, 2020 “Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland Extending Certain Licenses, Permits, Registrations, and Other Governmental Authorizations, and Authorizing Suspension of Legal Time Requirements,” the expiration date of certain licenses, permits, registrations, or other authorizations issued by the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE) is hereby extended to the 30th day after the Governor’s termination of the current state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency. This automatic extension applies to any license, permit, registration, or other authorization that would otherwise expire during the state of emergency and that would otherwise be renewable under applicable laws and regulations. The automatic extension also includes permit applications that would expire during the state of emergency.

Under the Order, the new expiration date of any affected license, permit, registration, or authorization will be dependent on action taken by the Governor and cannot be precisely determined at this time. However, once the Governor has terminated the state of emergency and rescinded the catastrophic health emergency, DPIE will post the new expiration date on this website.

In the meantime, all parties are encouraged to use DPIE’s online services to renew licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations during this period of modified operations. For questions, please contact 301-636-2050 or e-mail the following:

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NOTICE:
Property Maintenance Inspections and Investigations Temporarily Suspended

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement operations were reduced to essential operations only. This mandate was put into place in an effort to reinforce social distancing and keep County residents and employees safe. As a result, some property maintenance inspections and investigation cases have been temporarily placed on hold to reduce COVID-19 exposure. Inspectors will continue to monitor complaints, and when the information is available, contact complainants to advise what actions can be taken in lieu of an onsite inspection.

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NOTICE:
DPIE Mandates Electronic Permitting Submittals through ePlan System for Retaining Walls

Effective Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Building Permit applications for retaining walls must be submitted through ePlan system. The only exception to this requirement is for walk-thru retaining wall permits. Retaining walls not greater than 4′ 6″ in height, grade to top of the wall, typically will qualify for the walk-thru review process.

Access the DPIE online permitting portal.

For more information about using ePlan, you may download the ePlan User Guides.

For more information about retaining walls, access the DPIE website.

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Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement’s Inspections Division Temporarily Suspends Some Inspections

Due to an increased effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the following inspections will be temporarily suspended:

  • Existing family/commercial day care, group home, and board and care facilities
  • All existing residential/commercial interior renovation, alterations, and/or additions associated with the project
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During this time, the contractor/owner/applicant may utilize APPROVED third-party inspections and provide certifications to complete all required inspections including U&O’s. All building final inspections require a WSSC sign off before they will be authorized.

APPROVED Third-Party Inspectors Lists:

Any deviation from the list above must be preapproved by the Inspections Division. Please contact Code Enforcement Officer Joseph Busby at JMBusby@co.pg.md.us for any questions or concerns.

The inspection certifications must be e-mailed to the County inspector to upload into ePermits, and the originals mailed to:

INSPECTIONS DIVISION
Prince George’s County Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement
9200 Basil Court, Suite 307
Largo, MD 20774

DPIE’s Inspections Division will continue the following inspections:

  • All new construction for residential/commercial/industrial property
  • All existing residential exterior inspections without the need for entry, i.e. decks, driveways, foundations, backfill, etc.

We will reevaluate this process in the coming weeks.

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Other Agency Updates

Message from MDE

Please see the letter from the Maryland Department of the Environment regarding soil evaluation, perc tests and well inspections.

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Changes to DPIE Drop Box

Effective immediately, the following Permitting and Plan Review drop box procedures are to be followed:

Applicable Cases

Cases/projects that were processed in the DPIE Permit Center prior to the close of business on March 13, 2020 may use the drop box to submit self-addressed, stamped envelopes or packaging large enough to accommodate return of plans and permit to applicant via USPS, FedEx or UPS.

Non-Applicable Cases

All new applications for commercial and residential projects must use the ePlan process. Please submit your application and select the ePlan Requested by the Applicant option BEFORE you submit your online application. After the application is submitted, the ePlan Team will send you a notification to upload your documents and plans for electronic review by all required disciplines; and once approved, the permit will be issued electronically.

Permit revisions to cases/projects that were issued prior to the close of business on March 13, 2020 must use the ePlan process using the following link: eplan@co.pg.md.us. A narrative of what is being submitted for the revision must be included as indicated below:

Narrative Requirements
• Applicant Name
• Email Address
• Detailed Work Description
• List of applicable drawings for review
• Departmental reviews that have already been completed on the walk-thru application
• Change of construction cost if applicable

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Customers are encouraged to use the online payment process. Checks can be submitted via USPS mail or in the drop box* but must include a copy of the applicable Application or case number(s). The mailing address to DPIE is: Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement, 9400 Peppercorn Place, 1st Floor, Largo, MD 20774, Attention: Permit Center.

*Note: Use of the drop box for payment of permits is at the risk of the user, since an online payment option is available. DPIE cannot be held liable for missing or lost checks through this process.

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New ePlan ProjectFlow Software Improves Workflows:  Site/Road Plan Review Division Completes Updates

DPIE has upgraded and enhanced ePlan, the software that allows electronic submittal and review of plans, by updating from ProjectDox to the new ProjectFlow software.

Most recently, DPIE IT and Site/Road Plan Review Division staff have spent months testing the new ProjectFlow software for all case types. (Please see the new Permit Status Flowchart.) This software allows permit applicants to file fully digital permit documents online, which enables agency review and return of revised plans electronically.

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DPIE Outposts

Burned out on binge-watching? Scoffing at the idea of the 19th Scrabble session with the kids? As we spend more time close to home these days socially distancing, consider taking a few hours here and there to spruce up your property for spring and address any code violations. DPIE will share occasional tips and information to help.

Today’s subject: Vexing Vehicle Issues

Read more here. . .

Puestos de avanzada DPIE

¿Molesto por ver atracones? ¿Burlándose de la idea de la 19ª sesión de Scrabble con los niños? A medida que pasamos más tiempo cerca de casa estos días de distancia social, considere tomar algunas horas aquí y allá para arreglar su propiedad para la primavera y abordar cualquier violación del código. DPIE compartirá consejos e información ocasionales para ayudar.

Tema de hoy: Problemas de molestias con vehículos

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Coronavirus Information

Read @CEXAlsobrooks latest update on COVID-19, County building closures, where students can receive meals during school closures, and suggestions of ways residents can help keep themselves and our community safe and healthy: http://bit.ly/CC3-13-20

Lea la última actualización de @CEXAlsobrooks sobre COVID-19, el cierre de edificios del condado, donde los estudiantes pueden recibir comidas durante el cierre de la escuela, y sugerencias para mantenerse segura y saludable: http://bit.ly/CC3-13-20

For more information and printable factsheets in English and Spanish, visit the Health Services page at https://md-princegeorgescounty.civicplus.com/3397/Coronavirus

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Boards & Commissions Notices

Electrical Board:

The Electrical Board will not be accepting applications for electrical examinations or requests for retakes until further notice.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Telecommunications Transmission Facility Coordinating Committee (TTFCC) — Proposed Changes to the DPIE Table of Fees Related to Small Wireless Facilities:

Pending legislation for implementation of small wireless facility permit fees.

The new Master License Agreement for Small Wireless Facilities is available online.

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Great News for Food Trucks!

As of January 3, 2020, the elimination of the food truck hub license fee (per County Council CB-37-2019) goes into effect. Also, the yearly Fire Department inspection fee of $75 was reduced to $35. The license is administered by DPIE and may be renewed annually. There's never been a better time to launch a food truck business in Prince George's County!

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NOTICE:  County Preparation of Floodplain Studies Has Been Suspended

Effective December 1, 2019, Prince George’s County will no longer prepare 100-year floodplain studies using Department of Environment (DoE) staff. The County staff members who have prepared these studies are retiring. For this reason, the County will suspend this service. Preparation of these studies will resume after staff positions have been filled at some point in the future. Meanwhile, engineering firms will need to prepare the floodplain hydrology and hydraulic studies and delineations required for 100-year floodplain.

For questions, contact Salman Babar, Floodplain Engineer, DPIE Site/Road Plan Review Division, at 301-636-2063 or SUBabar@co.pg.md.us.

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Adopted "2018 Water and Sewer Plan" Is Here!

The adopted "2018 Water and Sewer Plan" is available under Publications. For water and sewer plan questions, contact Shirley Branch, Water and Sewer Plan Coordinator, at sabranch@co.pg.md.us.

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Prince George’s County Short-Term Rentals (STR)

The Prince George’s County (Maryland) Council adopted legislation to establish a Short-Term Rentals Program in the County. The program is administered by the County’s Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE).  As of October 1, 2019 Short-Term Rental Licenses are required in Prince Georges County.  For more information and step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the STR applications, please visit our Short-Term Rentals page.
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ePlan Training Web

ePlan Customer Trainings Are CANCELED Until Further Notice

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NOTICE:
Building Permit Fee Multiplier Adjustment

Effective July 1, 2019, the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement will change the building permit fee multiplier used for new building construction and additions.

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The new formula will be calculated by using the Building Valuation Data (BVD) issued by the International Code Council dated February 2019. The International Code Council updates the BVD table bi-annually; however, Prince George’s County will update the fee multiplier annually.

The BVD table provides the “average” construction costs per square foot, when calculating permit fees for new construction and additions within a jurisdiction. The 2015 International Building Code gives instructions concerning permit fee schedules in Section 109.2 and building permit valuations in Section 109.3.  Permit applications submitted prior to the effective date will be calculated by the appropriate BVD.

For additional information or questions regarding this Notice, please contact Mr. Bellur Ravishankar, Associate Director, Building Plan Review Division at 301-636-2070.

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NOTICE:  MHIC Procedure Changes

All applicants using Maryland Home Improvement Commission (MHIC) contractors are required to follow the procedures indicated below:

• Submit a letter on company letterhead from the MHIC licensed contractor indicating:  MHIC license number; date of letter; MHIC licensed contractor’s name and signature; and list of person(s) authorized to obtain permits with their license.  

• The identification of each contractor and their designee will be verified to ensure validity of license and authorization by the MHIC licensed contractor.

Should you have any questions regarding this notice, please call 301-636-2050.

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Permitting and Licensing & Building Plan Review Division Application Intake Hours

Service
Day Hours
Operational Intake
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Operational Intake
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Residential Walk-thru
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Commercial Walk-thru Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Residential/Commercial Walk-thru
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Divisional Office Hours

Division Day Hours
Site/Road Plan Review
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Inspections
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Enforcement
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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